Located in the TRIAS sector, (TRIASSIC plateau), the soils on the estate are geologically constituted by clay and limestone, with a predominance of limestone for the hillside vines. The stony soils become rocky in certain plots, making it impossible to work the soil. The wine plots are bordered by hills where holm oaks and common oaks grow, as well as pine trees, making them very attractive to wild boars…
The dry arid scrubland rubs shoulders with the vines, which in the middle of summer are the only island of luxuriant greenery. (Photos of vines, Beauquière plot, Syrah plot, large oak tree).
The entire vineyard is contained on one piece of land, within the borders of the Cabasse municipality.
Due to the continental influence – the estate is separated from the coastal area by the chain of Maures hills – winters are severe. Nights can be very cold, with temperatures as low as minus 10°C for several weeks, rising in the day to as high as 15°C. Temperature variations are also considerable in the summer, when peak temperatures can reach a sultry 40°C, then dropping sometimes at night to a cool 15°C. These climatic extremes raise the vineyard to a level of suffering that enables it to give its best in terms of minerality for the three colours. However they may be prejudicial for the reds particularly in the event of a rainy autumn. In those years we prefer not to make red wines, from respect for our customers.
Our most fragile child is the one we care for most dearly; it is different, sometimes the subject of mockery and requires special attention to be accepted, and even admired.
But it is also veryprovocative by nature, that’s why we’re so crazy about it.
It reveals flavours that none of our other wines could hope to equal. It sublimates the garlic in a “Pesto” sauce, and exasperates our taste buds, raising the spices and sweet-and-sour flavours of a lamb curry to new heights. It cultivates contrast through its freshness, elegance and structure.
Its structure serves to support the flavours it gives off, guaranteeing long-lasting pleasure.
The story of the ROLLE grape variety
Nico Dotto planted the Rolle grape variety in 1970, under the direction of Pierre Gavoty, who had seen in this grape a means of post phylloxera resurrection, from a purely Provençal variety which at that time was apparently only grown in the Bellet area.
In fact the first grafts came from the Bellet vineyard, which gave them to us at the time.
The Rolle proved to be very well adapted to our clay and limestone soils, and since then we have tamed it, following its evolution from year to year with a careful and loving eye.
Today we have at our disposal a series of old vintages that have aged beautifully in the bottle, and that we supply to the most prestigious restaurants and our most demanding customers.
Rolle has outstanding minerality, especially in years such as 1990, 1995,1998, 2001, 2005 and 2007.
We sell our reds in a dozen vintages or so, the oldest of which are available in Magnums. They need to mature for several years to attain satisfactory harmony. When young they remain austure and immature, but after 6 to 8 years they give a generous and complex drinking experience.
Aromas and structures combine in these wines, which far from making any claim to surextraction reveals their characteristics through the refined nature of their tannins and the transformation of their aromas from a fruit register to that of undergrowth, spices and scrubland.
In the Cuvée Clarendon, we do not sell vintages from fragile years and prefer to only bottle wines that deserve to mature. This is why the vintages from 1991, 93, 95, 97 and 2002 have never seen the light of day.
OUR PHILOSOPHY FOR THE 3 COLOURS
( ” To consult our notes on the three colours, please click on the photo below ” )